Single of the Week: The Cowbell Brothers “Too Hot to Handle” b/w The Jazz Souls “Inner City Chill”
The Cowbell Brothers’ “Too Hot to Handle” is the debut single from Australia-based label The Influence Records. “Too Hot to Handle” is essentially a blended reworking of Jurassic 5’s “Red Hot” (from their 2007 album Feedback) and Swollen Members’ “Too Hot.” The Oklahoma-based Cowbell Brothers cut new loops from the original sample source for both songs—Dap-Kings’ “Nervous Like Me”—and use verses from both J5 and Swollen Members to create a party-rocking megamix.
On the b-side “Inner City Chill,” The Jazz Souls sample a jazzy cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” to create a new backing for Souls of Mischief’s classic “93’til Infinity.” The bass and Hammond organ vamp are a perfect match to Souls of Mischief’s verses. Quick bits of EPMD’s “You Gots to Chill” puts it over the top.
So much goodness here, and they’re just getting started! Original vinyl has sold out but there’s a translucent blue repress available for pre-order at Australia-based shop Dr. Diggins. Looking forward to more quality releases from The Influence soon.
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